Kiffin Lied Twice About Vols’ Clean Arrest Record

WBIR-TV in Knoxville reports today that “freshman safety Nyshier Oliver was arrested on November 7 and charged with shoplifting at a department store in West Town Mall.

Lane Kiffin Nyshier Oliver

The police report says Oliver was spotted putting a brown shirt worth approximately $110 in a Dillard’s bag. He was arrested around 1:45 that Saturday. That was just over five hours before the Vols were to play Memphis in the homecoming game at Neyland Stadium. Oliver will have an arraignment in the matter on November 23rd.

November 7? But didn’t Lane Kiffin trumpet the Vols’ clean arrest record after that date? Here’s Kiffin on Nov. 12, five days after Oliver was arrested and the day before the arrest of Nu’Keese Richardson, Mike Edwards and Janzen Jackson on robbery charges:

We’ve had zero arrests in now 11 months here.”

But Kiffin didn’t stop there. He lied again. Read more…

Gone: Kiffin Kicks Robbery Suspects Off UT Team

The KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL reports freshman wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson and defensive back Mike Edwards have been “permanently dismissed” from the Tennessee football team by Coach Lane Kiffin.

Nu'Skeen Richardson Arrested Tennessee Football Player For Robbery

(Urban Meyer will shed no tears about Nu’Keese’s demise)

Our student-athletes must be responsible members of society, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated. We want a positive culture for our student-athletes that allows them to succeed in the classroom, on the field, and in life after college. My hope is that these two young men will learn from their terrible decision. Clearly, their actions have no place in our program.

The third player allegedly involved in the robbert attempt last week, Janzen Jackson, “will continue to not be allowed to participate in team activities while Kiffin awaits additional information.”

So what’s the early verdict on Kiffin’s call?

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Tennessee Stickup Victim Sticks Up For Suspects

As Lane Kiffin sifts through the evidence and decides what to do with the three Univ. of Tennessee players who got all robby at a Knoxville gas station on Wednesday, one of the intended victims, Corey B. Zickefoose, is taking a very zen-like approach to the entire affair. In short, Mr. Zickefoose says that the players shouldn’t be kicked off the team. Because hey, it might cost Tennessee a win!

This case gets weirder as more details emerge. For instance, Zickefoose said he told one of the players, who had a gun to his head, that he didn’t have any money: all he had was a cheeseburger, and did the robber want that? But the best part is this glorious quote from the victim:

“Yeah, it’s Tennessee. That’s the way it is sometimes,” Zickefoose said. Read more…

Video: Tennessee Football Players Being Arrested

WVLT-TV in Knoxville, TN, via J.T. at CFT, has exclusive video of Tennessee football players Mike Edwards and Nu’Keese Richardson getting cuffed and stuffed by local police last night after they tried to rob two people at a gas station earlier in the evening.

Mike Edwards Arrested Tennessee Football Player For Robbery

(Mike Edwards: If they only didn’t need extra dime for the coin-op vacuum)

In the vid, Edwards is seen wearing a Nike Adidas Impossible Is Nothing shirt and Richardson appears to wince as he’s cuffed. Janzen Jackson is not seen in the video. He is not accused of being one of the men who attempted the robbery. Though Jackson was at the scene of the alleged crime and was also arrested for aiding the other two.

Marie Montmarquet Arrested Tennessee Football Player For Robbery

(Marie Montmarquet was busted with players for pot possession)

A fourth person, Marie Montmarquet, is also seen on the video and in a patrol car. She’s accused of possessing weed and marijuana paraphernalia.

Nu'Skeen Richardson Arrested Tennessee Football Player For Robbery

(Inset: Happier, more garish times for Nu’Keese Richardson)

Full, raw video of the incident after the jump. Read more…

The Song Least Likely To Be On Lane Kiffin’s iPod

Tennessee haters are already having a field day with the arrest of three Volunteers for an attempted robbery at a gas station last night in Knoxville. Jimmy Buffett’s The Great Filling Station Holdup is getting more plays today than your friendly, neighborhood adult webcams.

Tennessee's Great Filling Station Holdup

(Somebody might wanna update the “news” page fellas)

Yesterday, Lane Kiffin mentioned that he and his staff needed to “continue” to keep his players out of law-breaking circumstances:

(Credit: LSU Freek)

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3 Vol Football Players Arrested For Armed Robbery

The KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL reports this morning that three Tennessee football players have been arrested for attempted armed robbery.

3 Tennessee Football Players Arrested For Armed Robbery

(Jackson, Richardson, Edwards)

Janzen Jackson, Michael Edwards and Nu’Keese Richardson, all 18, were charged this morning after an armed robbery attempt at a Pilot station on Cumberland Avenue, according to the Knoxville Police Department. Each player faces three counts of attempted armed robbery.

Both Richardson and Jackson are coming off a week in which they faced discipline from coach Lane Kiffin, the former for missing a practice and the latter for a violation of team rules.

Ironically, Kiffin had “touted the discipline in his program and a clean arrest record as recently as Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.

The details of the case are simple. And damning. Read more…